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My Kenmore refrigerator is not cooling properly

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  • italiana1971 Sep 10, 2008

    My freezer is fine (now that I turned the temp up), but my main compartment is not getting cold enough. Initially even my freezer was partly thawing food. I noticed that I haven't heard the motor kick in for a while either . It used to be kind of loud. HELP!

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There are a few reasons why the refrigerator part will not cool...here are a couple of tips that will help you to figure out why the refrigerantor is not cooling...

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What temps. is it running need more info.

Posted on May 07, 2009

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I just took mine apart and it turned out to be the air diffuser assembly. The freezer side cools to the set temp by running the compressor. the refer side cools by allowing freezer air in through the diffuser. It's a shutter assy. in the upper left corner. I took mine apart and there was a broken piece inside that is part of the shutter itself, positioned by a motor. Fixed it with epoxy but a new on is adround $70 if you are not keen on fixing small parts.

Posted on May 20, 2009

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SOURCE: kenmore refrigerator stop cooling but fan working

The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent(damper) between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through it. Make sure this fan is running. You may have to hold the door switch in for it to run. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp.
The problem could be the electronic control if you have one or the mechanical linkages.

If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of cold air and eventually affect the freezer too.

check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board. If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control.

You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.


Your evaporator coils frost up in normal use and every eight hours or so the entire unit shuts down and the defrost heater comes on to melt the frost. This cycle last about 20 minutes. The melted frost drips into a drain pan and through a drain tube to the drain tray under the freezer/refrigerator where it's evaporated by the condenser fan.

Posted on Apr 06, 2010

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I had the same problem. The frezzer worked but the fridge was not getting cold. What I have learned is that the frezzer make the fridge cold, so if the frezzer is working then something is blocking the cold air to get into the fridge. Most likely ice. The air come in at the bottom of the inside of the fridge next to the frezzer. Pull everything out of the frezzer, then unscrew the plannel that runs along the back and you see if there is ice. If so turn frezzer off and dry out the frezzer. I used hot water.

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